Theater Events for the period Oct. 11-20

By |2007-10-11T09:00:00-04:00October 11th, 2007|Entertainment|
PROFESSIONAL THEATER/OPERA:

Annie Leapin’ lizards! America’s most beloved musical is back in its 30th anniversary tour. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 19-20. $45-$55. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com
Betty Shamieh, One-Woman Show The award-winning Palestinian-American actress offers a rare Midwestern appearance presenting excerpts from her many plays. Arab American National Museum, Dearborn. Thu., Oct. 18. $10-$12. 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Tennessee Williams’ classic tale of betrayal in a powerful Southern family is staged with an all African-American cast. Blackbird Theatre, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sun., through Nov. 13. $20. 734-332-3848. http://www.blackbirdtheatre.net
The Clean House The Michigan premiere of a comedy about a quiet little house in a quiet Connecticut town whose inhabitants all believe in one thing: cleanliness! Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., through Oct. 21. $25-$37. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) A record-breaking 37 plays and 154 sonnets are touched upon in a mix of pratfalls, puns, willful misreading of names and dialogue, clunky female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry and broad burlesque. Hilberry Theatre, Detroit. Plays in rotating repertory through Dec. 15. $20-$30. 313-577-2972. http://www.hilberry.com
Cyrano The world premiere of David DiChiera’s opera about the French nobleman, soldier and poet who is afflicted with an astonishingly large nose. Michigan Opera Theatre at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Oct. 13, 17, 20, 26 & 28. $25-$147. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org
Desperate Losers: NSFW (Not Safe For Work) Part One of an original two-part comedy set in 2012 about a Detroit auto worker who struggles to balance his dreams of fame with the realities of work, all the while America slips closer to a dictatorship. The Abreact at The Zeitgeist, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through Oct. 20. $10. 313-247-5270. http://www.theabreact.com, http://www.zeitgeistdetroit.org
Dr. Seward’s Dracula In the wake of the “Dracula incident,” Dr. Seward hides himself away, but Bram Stoker returns hoping to find the subject of his next novel. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 3. $15. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Escanaba in Love The prequel to the successful “Escanaba in da Moonlight,” the 2007 Wilde Award-winning romantic comedy moves from the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea to downtown Detroit for a laugh-filled run. The Historic Gem Theatre, Detroit. Wed.-Sun., through Nov. 4. $39.50. 313-963-9800. http://www.gemtheatre.com
The Glass Menagerie The classic American tale of a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty with her son and daughter in St. Louis. The University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company at Marygrove College Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Oct. 14. $15. 313-993-3270. http://theatre.udmercy.edu
Guys on Ice Two buddys spend the day in a shanty on the ice solving some of life’s mysteries. Williamston Theatre, Williamston. Previews Oct. 11 ($15); runs Thu.-Sun., Oct. 12-Nov. 11. $18-$24. 517-655-7469. http://www.williamstontheatre.org
Old Wicked Songs A young piano prodigy trying to overcome an artistic block takes voice lessons from a professor with a troubled past. Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company in the Aaron DeRoy Theatre on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Previews Oct. 9-11 & 13; runs Wed., Thu., Sat. & Sun., Oct. 13-Nov. 4. $30-$39. 248-788-2900. http://www.jettheatre.org
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest The staff of a “therapeutic community” finds sadistic pleasure in exploiting the fears and desires of its patients. Matrix Theatre Company at the Boll Family YMCA, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., through Nov. 11. $15. 313-967-0599. http://www.matrixtheatre.org
Peter Pan, The High Flying Broadway Musical The lost boys, high-stepping pirates and the delightfully dangerous Captain Hook join the eternally youthful boy who won’t grow up to entertain people of all ages. The Whiting, Flint. Fri., Oct. 19. $18-$40. 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com
The Pillowman Police drag a writer and his brother in for questioning about a series of bizarre murders for which the only clues are his stories. Breathe Art Theatre Project at the Furniture Factory, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., through Oct. 13. $20. 313-831-1939. http://www.breathearttheatre.com
The Poetry of the Pizza A visiting university poetry scholar finds her life irrevocably altered when she stops by a local pizzeria. Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea. Previews Oct. 10-11 ($20-$25); runs Wed.-Sun., Oct. 12-Dec. 22. $25-$38. 734-433-7673. http://www.purplerosetheatre.org
The Rocky Horror Show Fish out your fishnets, buff up your bod and sharpen those stilettos for the rockiest ride of your life! The Actors’ Company at the Ringwald Theatre, Ferndale. At various times: Oct. 13-14, 19-20, 26-27 & 30-31. $25. 248-988-7032, ext. 2.
Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure The Victorian underworld comes alive in this suspenseful confrontation between the World’s Greatest Detective and his arch enemy, Professor Moriarity. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester. Previews Oct. 10-12 ($22-$28); runs Wed.-Sun., Oct. 13-Nov. 4. $28-$38. 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com
A Thousand Clowns An unemployed writer of children’s TV shows endeavors to raise his precocious nephew. Broadway Onstage, Eastpointe. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 19-Nov. 17 (except Nov. 9) and select Sundays. $14-$16. 586-771-6333. http://www.broadwayonstage.com
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Six young people in the throes of puberty learn that winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. Fisher Theatre, Detroit. Tue.-Sun., through Oct. 21. $25-$70. 313-872-1000. http://www.broadwayindetroit.com
Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and Sleeping Beauty, or Coma (Redux) The return of the campy classic story of two seductive female vampires whose rivalry endures for 2,000 years. Oct. 13-29 (excluding Oct. 20): Fri.-Sat. at 11 p.m. ($20); Mon. at 8 p.m. ($10). Who Wants Cake? Theatre at The Ringwald, Ferndale. 248-556-8581. http://www.whowantscaketheatre.com
The Weird Sisters Music, madness, martinis and Carpathian kisses close out another successful summer season. Mason Street Warehouse at Coral Gables, Saugatuck. Sat., Oct. 20. $30. 269-857-4898. http://www.masonstreetwarehouse.org
What’s Done in the Dark A high-spirited Tyler Perry production that asks “Everyone has a song and dance to tell, but is everyone telling the whole story?” Fox Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., through Oct. 14. $45.50-$55.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY THEATER:

Big River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn A big-hearted American musical of self-discovery and friendship in the 1840s. U of M Dept. of Musical Theatre at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor. Thu.-Sun., Oct. 11-14. $18-$24. 734-764-2538. http://www.music.umich.edu
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat A lively and lighthearted musical based on the biblical story of Joseph, his 11 brothers and his father Jacob. EMU Theatre at the Quirk Theatre, Ypsilanti. Oct. 19-21 & 25-28. $15. 734-487-2282. http://www.emich.edu/cta
Our Lady of 121st Street Mourners have gathered at a Harlem funeral home to pay their respects to a beloved and feared childhood teacher, but someone has stolen Sister Rose’s body. U of M Dept. of Theatre and Drama at the Arthur Miller Theatre, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sun., through Oct. 14. $24. 734-764-2538. http://www.music.umich.edu
Pygmalion A lowly flower girl is transformed from a cockney guttersnipe to a fashionable high society lady. The MSU Dept. of Theatre at the Fairchild Theatre located in the Auditorium building on the MSU campus, East Lansing. Oct. 10-14 & 16. $15. 800-WHARTON. http://www.theatre.msu.edu
Uncommon Women and Others Wendy Wasserstein’s exploration of the struggle between feminine tradition and modern liberation. Bonstelle Theatre, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., Oct. 19-28. $15. 313-577-2960. http://www.bonstelle.com

COMMUNITY/CIVIC THEATER:

Best Man Two rivals for their party’s presidential nomination dig up dirt on their opponent, but will one forsake their principles and stoop to the other’s level? Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., through Oct. 21. $10-$14. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.com
Everyman A complacent Everyman is informed by Death of his approaching end. Michigan Classical Repertory Theatre at the Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti. Thu.-Sun., through Oct. 21. $18. 734-214-6600. http://www.mcrt.org
The Home Team Family, football and gender roles come clashing in the Gurley home on the day of the UM/MSU game. Whole Art Theatre at the Epic Theatre, Kalamazoo. Oct. 18-20, 26-27 & Nov. 2-3. $20. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
Kiss of the Spider Woman A complex relationship develops between two men caged together in a Latin American prison for very different reasons. St. Dunstan’s Guild of Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills. Oct. 12-13, 19-21 & 25-27. $18. 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com
Macbeth Shakespeare’s dark depiction of ambition, guilt and murder. Kalamazoo Civic Theatre at the Parish Theatre, Kalamazoo. Oct. 12-13, 18-21 & 26-27. 269-343-1313. http://www.kazoocivic.com
My Name is Rachel Corrie A one-person play based on the writings and e-mails of an American activist who, at age 23, was bulldozed to death by the Israeli military in Palestine in 2003. The Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing in conjunction with Sunsets with Shakespeare at the Woldumar Nature Center’s RE Olds Anderson Rotary Barn, Lansing. Thu.-Sun., Oct. 18-28. $10. 517-889-1175. http://www.peaceedcenter.org
Waiting for the Parade Five Canadian women during WWII are left at home to work and support the war efforts. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre at A2CT’s Studio Theatre, Ann Arbor. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 19-27, plus Sun., Oct. 21. $10-$15. 734-971-2228. http://www.a2ct.org
Working Stiffs The world premiere of a comedy/satire by Clawson-based playwright Edward J. Thomas about an ordinary day in the lives of some ordinary folks: the Sandman, Mother Nature, Life, Death and Father Time. Stagecrafters’ 2nd Stage at the Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak. Oct. 12-14 & 18-21. $12. 248-541-6430. http://www.stagecrafters.org

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES:
All Hallows Eve An original bewitching black light Halloween fantasy with a kaleidoscope of colors, imagery and creepy music. Flint Youth Theatre, Flint. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 19-27. For ages five and above. $10-$12/children; $12-$14/adults. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com
Honk! Jr. A musical retelling of “The Ugly Duckling.” Thebes Players at the Lowell High School Performing Arts Center, Lowell. Oct. 19-21 & 27-28. $8-$10. 616-897-8545. http://www.thebesplayers.org
La Ron Williams, Storyteller The award-winning storyteller returns with his highly participatory, music-filled performance. Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor. Sat., Oct. 20. $7/children; $10 adults. 734-663-0681. http://www.performancenetwork.org
Tomas and the Library Lady A play that inspires children to look beyond the confines of poverty, language barriers and cultural intolerance to find joy in reading. Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, East Lansing. Fri., Oct. 19. $7. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com
Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper Tour the dark streets of London where, in 1888, at least five women were murdered by a fiendish killer. Flint Youth Theatre, Flint. Thu., Oct. 11 & Fri.-Sat., Oct. 12-27. For ages 12 and above. $12-$14. 810-237-1530. http://www.flintyouththeatre.com

IMPROV/LATE NIGHT/INTERACTIVE/DINNER THEATER:

Big Time An improvised musical featuring Amy Phillips and Matt Naas with various guest stars, often preceded by improv masters Schtick Mahorn, featuring Second City studs Brett Guennel and Tim Robinson. Late Night at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Thursday at 11:30 p.m. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
To Catch a President A comedic attempt to bridge the gap between the war abroad and the war at home. The Second City, Novi. Sun., Oct 7-28 at 6 p.m. $7. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
Escanaba in da Moonlight A comedic look at the opening day of the 1989 deer hunting season in the eccentric Soady family deer camp in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. StarBrite Presents at the NEW Premier Theater, Chesterfield Township. Fri.-Sat., through Dec. 1. $39.95 Price includes three-course meal, show and tax. 586-725-2228. http://www.starbriteprod.com
The Great Pumpkin Massacre Something’s lurking in the pumpkin patch, and only one kid believes it even exists! Whole Art Theatre Late Night Series at the Whole Art Studio, Kalamazoo. Fri.-Sat., Oct. 19-27. $5. 269-345-7529. http://www.wholeart.org
Improv at the Point An evening of off-the-cuff comedy features rotating casts of the best improv talent in Metro Detroit. Every first and third Tuesday of the month at the Tipping Point Theatre, Northville. $8. 248-347-0003. http://www.tippingpointtheatre.org
Michigan Star Clipper Dinner Train Enjoy a two-hour scenic train ride while enjoying a three-course, onboard chef-prepared meal and live tableside entertainment that varies each week. Train departs every Friday at 7:30 p.m. from Walled Lake. $69. 248-960-9440. http://www.rail-road.com
Monday Night @ Planet Ant The Ant’s resident improvisational troupe, the Improv Colony, is joined each week by a Guest Team that performs the evening’s first act; plus, “AntJam.” Planet Ant, Hamtramck. Every Monday. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
The New Sunday Night at Planet Ant Theatre A brand new night of improv opens with 2006 Colony Fest champs Simply Coney at 9 p.m.; followed by Improv Inferno’s popular improvised romantic comedy “Uncoupled” at 9:30 p.m.; and improv super group Eye Candy closes the night at 10:30 p.m. Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Every Sunday. $5 for the entire night. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Night of the Living Debt The Second City’s 30th revue tackles the issues of today and tickles the funny bone in the process. The Second City, Novi. Every Wed.-Sun. $15-$20. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com
Screwsbury’s House of Artifacts, Relics and Knick-Knacks An original comedy by the winners of the 2007 Summer Improv Festival, Shark! Late Night at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck. Thu.-Sat., through Nov. 13. $5. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetant.com
Smell of the Kill A trio of suburban housewives ponder whether they should free their husbands from their predicament or free themselves from their marriages. StarBrite Presents at the Uptown Eatery, Southfield. Saturday evenings ($39.95) and Sunday afternoons ($36.95), through Nov. 4. Price includes three-course meal, show and tax. 248-423-1452. http://www.starbriteprod.com
A Tale of Two Tigers Lauren Bickers and Cara Trautman present a unique perspective on friendship, both ordinary and extraordinary. The Second City, Novi. Sun., Oct 14-28 at 5 p.m. $7. 248-348-4448. http://www.secondcity.com

AUDITIONS/CLASSES/NEWS:

ANN ARBOR CIVIC THEATRE – is seeking directors for its 2008/09 season, 734-971-2228; ICARUS FALLING – is holding a housewarming to celebrate a new home and a new season, Oct. 18, 517-290-4375; MATRIX THEATRE – is offering a fall, pay-what-you-can education program for all ages, 313-967-0999.

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